PetVax Affordable Care Hospitals Offers Orthopedic Surgery
Like people, pets can develop problems of the joints and spine that affect their mobility and their quality of life. A number of orthopedic surgery procedures are available to restore comfortable movement. At PetVax Affordable Care Hospitals, we provide orthopedic surgery to help pets enjoy an active, healthy life.
What Is Orthopedic Surgery?
Orthopedics is an area of medical and veterinary care that deals with disorders of the bones, joints, and spine. This type of surgery may be needed after an accident, when wear and tear from natural aging occurs or when genetic issues cause problems with normal movement. Orthopedic surgery can correct dysfunction and allow animals to enjoy a more active life.
Screening Your Pet For Orthopedic Problems
Your veterinarian will do a thorough physical examination of your pet’s body to detect malformations of the bones, spine or joints. The vet will also look for any signs of difficulty walking, getting up to a standing position or movements that cause the animal discomfort. If indicated, an x-ray will be done to view the bony structures inside the body, and any abnormality will be investigated more extensively.
Common Orthopedic Issues Your Vet Can Find
Veterinarians see a number of common problems in regard to orthopedic issues. Luxating patellas are often seen in smaller dogs, a condition that is similar to a dislocated kneecap. Animals may experience torn ligaments from strenuous activities. Spinal problems can occur from accidents or vigorous activity. Some larger canine breeds experience hip dysplasia that causes problems with normal movement. Arthritis from aging and cancer can also cause problems with the bones.
Your Veterinarian Can Help in the Post-Surgery Period
After surgery, you will be provided with a number of instructions. These instructions are very important for helping your pet to recover quickly and should be followed carefully. They will include instructions for feeding, exercise limitation, wound care, pain medication, antibiotics, and other matters. Your Memphis vet may also recommend rehabilitative therapy to aid healing and mobility as healing progresses. Exercises may also be done at home to maximize flexibility and range of motion in the affected area.
Make PetVax Affordable Care Hospitals Your Veterinarian for Orthopedic Pet Surgery
Our experienced veterinarians and skilled staff are committed to providing quality veterinary care for all our patients at our five facility locations, in Midtown Memphis, Cordova, Raines, Germantown, and Bartlett. We offer a broad range of services, including vaccinations, dental care, diagnostics, surgery, boarding, and avian and exotic animal care. Call PetVax Affordable Care Hospitals at (901) 654-3110 for an appointment at one of our five convenient locations to discuss your pet’s orthopedic surgery needs.